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Reviewed March 9, 2014

We spent a week exploring the islands by sailboat with some friends and I've got to say this is the most beautiful place we have ever visited. It is absolute paradise! Sunny and 82ish every day with 90 degree crystal clear water. Great wind for sailing and nice reefs for snorkeling. The Kuna people are amazing. Great food at GREAT prices (like $1 lobster great!) Fresh fruits and vegetable available at all times. Fantastic! Don't miss this visiting this place before you die.

Date of experience: March 2014
2  Thank Bill W
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

San Blas is gorgeous, loved the unspoiled, raw beauty of the islands. We sailed the archipelago for 5 days with Alex on Pacifica and visited Isla Elefante where we met Alex, East Lemon Cayes, West Holanders Cayes (here we bought molas from a Kuna family living on the island), Coco Banderas, Green Island (lots of starfish, very tiny island) and Buporgana Island (also called the pelican island due to large number of these birds congregating in the palm trees, bought some lobster here for dinner from Kuna fisherman). We also stopped in Nargana and bought supplies, went up the Diablo River on the dungy and snorkeled A LOT. We loved our stay in San Blas, beautiful area. Drive through the mountains was very scenic and Povenir was an experience on its own. No problems with water taxis, gorgeous weather, and great capitan made for a trip of a lifetime.

Date of experience: December 2013
1  Thank jolajarek
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of sailing to San Blas Islands with captain Gabi & Ornella the amazing chef and we had the trip of a lifetime. The perfect hosts and the perfect setting.

Date of experience: February 2014
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Last week my husband,18-year-old son and I were fortunate enough to be hosted on the sailboat Mischief by Jordi, Cris, and Gina. The Mischief was well-equipped and comfortable, and we sailed with this wonderful family for 3 days and nights. The San Blas Islands were stunning. Owned and inhabited by the Kuna Indians who have not let modern development encroach on their paradise, the islands are one of the world's remaining unspoiled paradises. We snorkelled the reefs, explored the numerous islands the Mischief took us to, and enjoyed Jordi and Cris's DELICIOUS meals made on board.
Life in the San Blas is slow, but we found plenty of entertainment in the 3 days we were there snorkelling the numerous barrier reefs, observing the scenery around us, visiting the islands, meeting the Kunas who paddled out to the sailboat to sell us fresh fish, lobster and handmade goods, and sitting on the deck in the evening observing phosphorescent fish swimming by.
We highly recommend sailing with Jordi, Cris and their adorable daughter Gina ! If you go, ask them about their worldwide adventures traveling and sailing on the Mischief!

Date of experience: February 2014
1  Thank actontraveller
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

There are many islands that form the San Blas archipielago in Panamá. Therefore, there's plenty to choose. Some are more commercial and you get any soda or chips you want, some only have little wooden bungalows to sleep in.
No matter what your preference is, you'll find the most amazing landscapes here.
The islands are in the middle of the ocean, one must take a boat to reach them, and the coastline is nowhere within sight. So, you're literally in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.
The sand is white, warm and soft, you'll find yourself surrounded by palm trees and there's way too many different tones of blue and turquoise on the sea to even be able to begin describing it.
I stayed in a little island (and I really can't recall the name). It was so small it took you five minutes to walk around it. There was nothing the but the bungalows, some tents, and we ate the lobster the people who lived there fished and cooked for us.
(note: there was no light, so take lanterns. Of course no phone reception or plugs whatsoever- if these are needed, think about one of the biggest islands. The price of the meals were included in the total cost, but there was only one food option for each meal. again, if you don't like seafood think about one of the more commercial ones.I would also recommend taking bottled water -there is water with the meals, and also to buy, but if, like me, you're constantly drinking, you'll be better off taking your own. plus, should there not be, it's better to be safe than sorry)
It was a very relaxing and peaceful experience. Just sunbathing, swimming, reading, taking pictures and de-stressing all day long. Totally recommended for friend, couples or solo trips.

I went on January 2012, but TripAdvisor goes back to March 2013 only. There's also no way of pinning it on your travel map.

Date of experience: March 2013
2  Thank MVictoriaL
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